Agile

“Prioritization of work” is an important Agile concept. It helps ensure teams complete work that is most important to the business first. However, many people still conflate the prioritization of important work with work that delivers business value. Business value is the combination of all economic, human and intangible forms of importance to the business. In an agile or scrum methodology, all these dimensions contribute value to each feature. Prioritization is the process of putting the card with the highest business value ahead of the next most important card. In this way, the backlog reflects story cards in the order…

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Enterprises can save time and money while improving agility through organizational assessments. From learning to adoption to practice, agile journeys are often not smooth. As organizational structure becomes more intricate and layered, it becomes exponentially more complex to resolve issues at the organizational level. Here’s a look at the limitations of agile frameworks to overcome organization impediments, and how organizational assessments can be the solution to avoiding potholes along your agile journey. Limitations of agile frameworks Agile coaches can reinforce agile values and key practices while working at both the team and organizational levels. However, coaches are handcuffed as most…

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Hands-on agile training is the surest way for teams to gain the theoretical and practical knowledge to implement the methodology correctly, while also delivering business value while they learn. Imagine learning to play baseball in the way many enterprises learn agile. You assemble nine people in a room, spend eight or 16 hours reviewing the current Major League Baseball rulebook and then tell the “team” to go out and have a winning season. There is no chance that would work. As soon as the team leaves the safe, theoretical classroom environment, they will immediately have both technical questions, “What’s the…

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There are many ways for agile teams to estimate their efforts. But story points don’t help product owners or managers prioritize feature backlogs. Fortunately, there are several methods that can help determine the relative value of feature ideas and candidates. Product managers can use these to create and manage a backlog that delivers the biggest business value first. Dot voting Put each feature on a card and display the cards on a wall or table. Give each stakeholder a number of dots (about a third of the number of features) and ask them to place dots on the feature(s) they…

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6.5 minute read The Tricks To Making Agile Work For Your Project One of the confusing elements of agile and scrum development efforts is that functionality completed is not necessarily ready to be delivered nor even ready to be tested. This is due to interdependencies within the project at hand. A piece of the code may be completely ready on its own, but full functionality requires some other piece of code (which the first code relies on) to also be done. That's why a project can have 60 percent of its code completed, but not be able to necessarily deliver…

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Lean Manufacturing reduces failure rates, focuses on continual improvement, and brings long term value to business owners. Sounds like Agile software development. Many companies like leankit are capitalizing on this fact and are building products that bring those two worlds together. For the past 10 years, Surge has built an entire company combining both lean and agile principles. The Agile Manifesto Agile development springs from what’s known as the Agile Manifesto: a collection of values and principles for software development that allow solutions to evolve through collaborative effort. The manifesto was created in 2001 by a group of software engineers,…

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Agility in an individual represents strength, speed, and flexibility. Whether you’re thinking of software development, product research, or project management, these attributes are crucial for teams that want to create the highest-quality output possible with limited available resources in short time frames. As you know, the philosophy of Agile Development is to produce working software as quickly as possible. Agile begins to fall apart as an individual developer or team starts to redefine and cheapen the definition of “working software.” You can always ask the question “does this software make any part of our business work more efficiently and effectively…

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